Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site

Activities

Park Information

Stepping on to the grounds of Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site is like stepping into 19th century pastorale. Many of the buildings that Waltus Watkins spent half a century building – including a home and a three-story woolen mill – have been preserved to give visitors a sense of life in the 1870s. The mill is the only 19th century textile mill in the United States with its original machinery still intact. The site's visitor center offers an introduction to the Watkins family and their many business ventures.

Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

Historic Site Grounds:

  • April through October
    9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday (Closed Easter Sunday)
  • November
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday
  • Dec. 1, 2021, through Feb. 28, 2022
    Please call for tour information and times at 816-580-3387.

Tours:

Please call for tour information and times at 816-580-3387.

Park Office hours

Summer Hours (on-season)

  • April 15 through October
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
    9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

Winter Hours (off-season)

  • November 1 through April 14
    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday

Visitor Center hours

Visitor Center and Museum

April through October
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

November
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday

Dec. 1, 2020, through Feb. 28, 2021
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday
The visitor center may be closed during these hours due to weather.

Swimming Beach hours

Season: May 27-Sept. 5
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.